Moving to a new city is often associated with stress. Picking up and heading somewhere completely new can be scary. We are here to give you some tips and suggestions to help you get comfortable with your new home, and make the most of this exciting adventure.
10 ways to settle in once you get here:
1. Make the internet your friend!
The internet is always a good place to start when arriving in a city for the fist time. Google maps and Trip Advisor provide ratings of places, giving you a good idea of what the popular hot spots are around town. However, there is nothing wrong with trying new places you come across, and rating them for yourself. After all, everyone has different preferences, so you won’t know you’re favorite hangouts until you try them all!
Another tip is to get on social media and search for accounts about Milwaukee to follow! You can follow Discover Milwaukee on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Also, spend some time researching information about the city. Find out what Milwaukee is know for and all the great ways you can be part of the Brew City culture!
2. Get the lay of the land!
Explore different areas of the city! Print out a map of Milwaukee and take it out with you. Walk around in search of different locations or go on a bike ride. Find the closest grocery store, park, drug store, movie theater, or gas station. Living in a city like Milwaukee, you will be able to find all of these places within a relatively short distance from each other. Get exploring!
3. Attend Festivals!
Summer in Milwaukee is jam packed with festivals. These cultural celebrations are a great way to get out and meet diverse groups of people from all over Milwaukee. You can see a complete guide to the summer festivals and events on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website. Think of all the new food to try and cool music to hear! It’s all here waiting for you.
4. Ask Questions!
While you are exploring your new home, go ahead and ask the locals where their favorite places are around Milwaukee. After all, the people who live here know best. People in Milwaukee are very friendly, and exemplify the kind mid-west culture everyone knows and loves. Get out and be curious!
5. Make a Milwaukee bucket list!
While you are doing some walking around and researching, be sure to keep a pen and piece of paper next to you. As you come across places that sound interesting, write them down. A Milwaukee bucket list is a great way to compile every must-see destination. Your time in Milwaukee is sure to be full of adventure and fun if you make it a goal to check one place off the list every week. Maybe go on every brewery tour, become a member at the Milwaukee Art Museum, run a marathon, take a segway tour, see a Brewer's game, or fly a kite on the lakefront! All of these would be Milwaukee bucket list worthy!
The Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee can provide you with countless opportunities. On their website you can browse different organizations and pick one that most interests you! Volunteering is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in a meaningful community within the city.
7. Take mini weekend adventures!
Wisconsin is a beautiful state, and there are countless opportunities for fun! If you have any free time on the weekends, go a little way out of town and see some more of Wisconsin. If you don’t have a car, the Amtrack station downtown is home to a number of trains and buses. Once you get to know the city really well, why not continue exploring!
8. Use public transportation!
The greater Milwaukee area has a bus system that can easily get you around town. Head to the Milwaukee County Transit System website and use the trip planner to see which buses can take you from point A to point B. Print out one of the area maps and bring it with you next time you go out. Busses can be an efficient and time saving way to travel.
9. Continue with a hobby, or try a new one!
Whether you are interested in gardening, painting, cooking, running, or writing, you can find somewhere to keep up your hobby in Milwaukee. With all the big changes going on in your life, why not pick up a new hobby as well? Milwaukee is a city full of diverse groups of people, all passionate about different things. You’ll be sure to find new hobbies and new friends along the way!
10. Don’t be stressed or nervous!
You’re not alone! People are constantly relocating to different cities around the country! Milwaukee is a great place to be. Although moving anywhere new takes some time adjusting to, the friendly mid-west culture and the fun Milwaukee atmosphere should make the experience one to remember. Before you become a pro Milwaukeean, enjoy the journey and experience of getting to know an unfamiliar place. Welcome to Brew City!
Like most major cities, you don't need a car to successfully navigate around the city of Milwaukee. The city have an extensive bus system that can get you almost anywhere you need to go. It is very inexpensive and is the most convenient way to navigate around the city.
The Milwaukee County Bus System has made it very easy for riders. Their website helps you find all the right stops and provides you with many options to get from point A to B. If you are interested in knowing bus information on the go, the Milwaukee County Transit System works very well on mobile phones and there are multiple apps that can help you navigate the system. Google maps also has access to the bus routes and times so there are plenty of ways to stay connected.
If taking the bus isn't where your interests lie, there are other methods as well. There are plenty of cab companies in the city, but cabs are typically more expensive than the bus. They are a great way to get from one place to the other with a short wait.
In addition to your typical yellow cab service, Milwaukee has just begun using Uber Car. It is a cashless ride service. You register through your app and click on their map where you are and someone will come to pick you up. All of the payment is covered through the app with your credit card. It is very convenient and always reliable. This is very new for Milwaukee, but the service has thrived in Chicago and other major cities for years!
Not only does our city offer extensive local bus routes, there are also a number of regional bus routes that stop here as well. Getting to Chicago, Madison, or anywhere else for that matter, isn't as difficult as you would think. Between Greyhound and Badger Bus, we have connections to plenty of major cities and routes throughout the entire country.
While we do not have a train system to navigate our city yet, we do have an Amtrak line. Amtrak's Hiawatha Service goes from Milwaukee to Chicago's Union Station many times a day. This is a great connection to reach out to a greater variety of places if you are looking for a quick get away. Chicago's Union Station is a short ride from here and can connect you to train lines that can take you anywhere in the country! The Milwaukee Amtrak station is centrally located on St. Paul Avenue downtown and has plenty of parking, drop off locations, and access to bus lines.
Amtrak is also a convenient way to get to Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport. It is just a 15 minute ride and then an easy shuttle to your terminal. Milwaukee has everything covered. Milwaukee can get you anywhere you would ever want to go, but why would you ever want to leave?